The Ombudsman explained the silence about the torture in prison

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Sergei Baburkin (center)Photo: Oleg Smyslov / RIA Novosti

Public outcry encourages public bodies more accountable to the work on control over observance of prisoners ‘ rights. This opinion was expressed to RIA Novosti, the Plenipotentiary on human rights in the Yaroslavl region Sergey Baburkin, commenting on the situation of torture in the Yaroslavl correctional colony No. 1.

“I think in light of these events about the need to bring greater transparency to the results of my tests. Because, within the framework of relations between the state authorities, sometimes you can come to a standstill. A public outcry helps, as I see it, more attentive and more quality work of these bodies and appeals Ombudsman”, — said Baburkin.

He stressed that the tradition of information transparency — “this is sensitive”. “Yes, a year ago I received information from Makarova (convicted Yevgeny Makarov, who was tortured in colony — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), who told me about this incident. But what would be next, if I immediately let it live? Would follow the conclusion of the investigating authorities that this information was not confirmed in its entirety. And in what light then acts as the Ombudsman, which acts as a representative of the public authority?” — asked the Ombudsman.

Baburkin added that as Commissioner he had to find “a reasonable balance” between the principles of openness and confidentiality, as well as “to act responsibly in this sphere.”

Earlier, the Ombudsman told RIA Novosti that a year ago was involved in a beating incident in the Yaroslavl prison, but “did not have full data.” He also noted that he had forwarded the materials its review of the relevant authorities, however, in a criminal case thereon was refused. At the same time, users of social networks after the video of torture of the accused men, in particular Baburkina, that they intentionally kept silent about what is happening in a correctional facility.

July 20 published a video depicting how the employees of the Yaroslavl colony tortured the prisoner. Currently 17 employees of correctional facility dismissed. Six arrested.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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